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[nafex] Yahoo-plumcot-deer-Bernie-Lon

	Well, looks like 2 of my posts are gone forever so I'll try to condense 
them here.  I have yet not been able to get throught the yahoo blockade, my 
wife has her own yahoo goup account and that just plays havoc....we'll see 
if they respond to my pleas---i can"t access the archives!......anywho
	Bill's Plumcot, a scion i bouight from the deer Bearcreek folk before they 
went into hibernation.   Non of the  grafts from it took last spring, I put 
them on manchurian apricot and on prunus americana.  Bought it on a whim 
thinking the cross might make for a more cold tolerant 'apricot'. So far my 
whip and tongue grafts have run 50 to 90%success so I don"t think it was 
Does anyone have apricot crosses i could try a stick of?
	Deer tastes.....last spring a friend invited me over to graft some domestic 
apples onto his existing crab.  this thing was immense, a drip line of at 
least 30'  I just could not picture climbing a ladder to hack off 6' 
branches to try to get grafts to grow.  Then i noticed a small apple growing 
nearby in the thin adjacent forest....I've heard of maple bush, well this 
was apple bush.  Any size I could choose from, so i meerily went about 
grafting saplings to a dozen varieties, many of them top grafted 4 or 5' up 
within the branches of the exiting little tree.  15 out of 16 took and 
prospered.  Late summer i went back for a check and the deer had sniffed out 
each graft among all the crab branches and nailed all of the 12 varieties!   
The crab leaves left virtually untouched.   So folkes, me thinks its not 
just the fruit that is sweeter.
	Bernie, thanks for the Zone 3 apple dwarf article in Pomona. The ottawa 3 
orchard i heard of when i was at a seminar north of
saskatoon, would you have the owners address or email? could send it to me 
privately if needed.   You've whetted my interest in Bud 490
	Lon, thankyou for the Mycorrhizal Fungi series!  the soil flora is a 
fascinating adendum, what else don't we know about plants?
	Minnesota Del Z2b
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